A Gift to my Grandfather
This painting is a gift to my paternal grandfather, who goes by Papaw.
Papaw grew up on a farm in rural southern Ohio during the Great Depression. His family didn’t have running water or electricity until he was an adult! The first time he left his county was at 18 years old when he joined the Navy and traveled all over the world. He fulfilled 2 terms of service in the Navy, then briefly worked for the railroad (where my own father retired from), and then made his career working for the Air Force, where he attained numerous awards for his accomplishments. Since the early 1950′s, Mamaw (my grandmother) and Papaw have lived in the same house in Pickerington, Ohio, now a suburb of Columbus. For a long while, it was a rural area, until the suburbs grew out to Pickerington.
While on a Midwest road trip in August to visit family in Indiana, we stopped by Ohio on the way back to see Mamaw and Papaw. We snapped this photo of Papaw and I by his garden out back. I was picking cucumbers and tomatoes to bring back to Virginia. I thought it was a great picture of us, so it’s the one I chose to paint.
His name is also Dave White. David Leigh White, Sr., while I am David Leigh White, III. I’d never thought about it much, but out of all of his grandchildren and even great-grandchildren, I’m the only one with the same name as him. So this painting is not only a surprise gift that speaks more than words, but a celebration of the Dave White’s.
New E-Mail Newsletter for my art community!
I’m happy to announce a new, monthly email newsletter to my art community. This art enthusiast newsletter will feature you, the clients! Here you will be able to read about other clients I’m working with, their artwork, and the stories behind the art.
Over the past year, I’ve been posting this type of content on my blog, which will now shift to the E-Newsletter. The E-Newsletter will be more client interactive and, hopefully, more interesting for you, the readers!
Meanwhile, on my website blog I’ll begin to write more about topics beyond art, as, believe it or not, I have many interests aside from painting!
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I’m currently working on several paintings, including a few dog portraits, which will be featured in the next E-Newsletter!
Within the next couple of months, I’ll also be introducing a re-design to my website. This will mean larger portfolio photos on the home page, an overall clean-cut look and simple navigation. Not any huge changes, but I’m excited about it and just thought I’d let my followers know!
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